Caribbean Travel: Best Places to Eat and Drink in Havana Cuba
When we were planning our trip to Cuba I kept running into articles that highlighted how terrible the food was. I’m happy to say that this was not our experience. I researched a few restaurants before our trip and must say, we were 100% satisfied. We tried to stay away from some of the more popular places like Doña Eustimia and La Guarida, which to me, were nothing more than tourist traps. Below is a list of best places to eat and drink in Havana Cuba that I would recommend, based on personal experience. Enjoy!
This hip little café/bar had the most amazing coffee, hot chocolate, and mojitos; not to mention the stunning art decoration on the walls. We literally went there every single day for breakfast (as it was right around the corner from our Airbnb). Make sure to try a “Café Dandy”! and get there early because the place is pretty small.
Restaurant Van Van
We ran into this restaurant by coincidence just walking around Havana. The food was so good we ended up going twice for lunch and dinner. This place has so much character and you feel the Cuban culture as soon as you walk through the door. The food was delicious and they even have live music to set the tone. It was also super cheap! Try their mojitos and tostones rellenos.
This place was a little more on the expensive side, but the view and the ropa vieja were to die for. This restaurant was a bit hidden and it’s also on a third floor. If you are looking for a more quiet and maybe romantic dinner, this is definitely the place to go.
This is a rooftop bar/restaurant with an awesome view of “Habana Vieja”. Go here for a mojito and a piña colada and maybe even light up a cigar. We didn’t try the food here, just the drinks, but the food smelled great for what its worth.
This is great Tapas place with very humorous menus and great atmosphere. The building itself has three eating floors and a rooftop. It’s still very small, so make sure you go early (the lines get pretty long).
I’m sure there are many more amazing restaurants in Havana that we didn’t get to try. So don’t get discouraged by other people’s opinions. Please do your research but take everything with a grain of salt (even what I’m recommending). You see, no place is ever what you expect it to be. The whole point of traveling is to create your own experiences. Leave behind the assumptions and routine behaviors from home. When traveling, we should welcome adventure in food, culture, music, and different experiences.
Thanks for reading!
Laura from @Holaworldtravel
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I’m Laura, a Latina working to build an empire and explore the world.I came to the U.S.A from the Dominican Republic when I was 14 years old. I LOVE to travel. Seeing and learning how the rest of the world lives is inspiring to me. I’ve traveled to over 23 countries and crossed some major items off my bucket list. I work full time on Wall Street and I’m the founder of Hola World Travel blog.I am happily married to the love of my life and forever travel buddy. I enjoy being a progressive woman who breaks barriers. My goal is to inspire others to design their dream life and not settle for anything less.